Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Two modern interpretations of these bathrooms:

Ok the last one may not be totally obvious, but if you note the rectangular tiles are of a similair size. I think both bear testament to a renewed interest in he bathrooms of the 70's. Bravo!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lidingö, circa 1970.

Green is the ultimate colour of a bahroom. What could be more cozy than standing under a hot shower imagining yourself in a rainforest? This also relates to Le Corbusiers ideas on colour - he basically thought that the shade of a floor/wall/ceiling should correspond to nature's palette. In this age where every bathroom is supposed to be some spa-hamam-refuge, green tiles ought to be more popular than they are.

Sadly, few people dwelve on these matters for mucher longer than it takes to look through the latest IKEA catalogue. And the two bathrooms above, with their fantastic rustic, domestically hand-made ceramic tiles so typical of he late sixties - early seventies, have a very uncertain future, now that the house has been sold. Statistically, they will not make it. And it is a great fatal irony that the possibility of the new owners having chosen exactly this house because of its spatial character, surely furnishing it with mid-century teak cabinets and Eames DSR's (Dowel legs); yet remain completely oblivious to the aesthtic kindred spirit that such bathrooms (and kitchens, mind you) are in relation to the afore-mentioned furniture that they just had to have.

But mark my words:

One day, they'll regret it. 

Fiscally or otherwise.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

IT'S OFFICIAL: I'm moving to Switzerland

Strada del Roccolo, Ascona, Switzerland.

Casa Tuja, the house of Hans Grelling, created by Richard Neutra in 1961-3. Situated at the fot of Monte Verità, overlooking lake Maggiore. Does it get better than this? Me thinks not.

Upper floor as pictured below; first floor contains the garage, a guest room and another living room, or gillestuga as we say in sweeeden.

Another modern interpretation of the alpine chalet here.

from the immensely resourceful

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy new year!

/from Berlin